Community Energy
Building a Better Grid
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY



June 11, 2013 Workshop Agenda

10:00         Welcome Remarks

  • Tom Bourgeois, Deputy Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center
  • Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST

10:15         Keynote Presentation

  • Chris Shelton, President, AES Storage

10:45        Networking Break

11:00        Session One: Benefits and Challenges facing Innovative Grid Technologies

This session featured presentations from laders in energy storage, microgrids, and distributed generation who each shared their perspectives and experiences on the benefits of the technologies - from on-grid applications for peak load shaving to the customer side of the meter applications and integration of renewable sources.  They will also discuss the specific legal, regulatory, and market challenges they face and potential mechanisms for accelerating and expanding the deployment of these innovative systems.

  • Moderator: Allen Goodman, President, ECG Consulting Group
  • David Logsdon, Distributed Generation Specialist, Consolidated Edison of New York
  • Doug Staker, Vice President of Business Development and International Sales, Demand Energy
  • Rick Fioravanti, Director of Storage Applications, DNV KEMA
  • Gary Wetzel, Director of Commercial and Industrial Business Development, S&C Electric

12:30      Networking Lunch

1:30        Session Two: Energy Policy Roundtable

This session featured a roundtable discussion with experts in the energy field and focused on the regulatory and policy landscape for microgrids, energy storage, and distributed generation.  These leaders explored the questions of "What really needs to happen to accelerate and expand the deployment of these innovative technologies?  What new policies are being put in place and what is planned?"

  • Moderator: Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST
  • Gerald Stokes, Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium
  • Gary Brown, Chairman, New York State

3:00        Networking Break

3:20        Presentation: Pace Energy and Climate Center Microgrid Study Findings

The Pace Energy and Climate Center provided an update on their activities in New York and New England to promote microgrids and district energy systems with combined heat and power.  The rational and current drivers that are prompting communities and end-users to implement microgrids were explored.  Regulatory, legal, financial, and physical/infrastructure issues and challenges that interested parties are addressing were discussed.

  • Tom Bourgeois, Deputy Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center

4:00       Charting the Path Ahead

The major highlights of the day, including a summary of the mayor's ambitious plans laid out earlier in the day, as well as key benefits and challenges faced by the industry, were discussed.  Preliminary recommendations regarding mechanisms for overcoming challenges were presented.

  • Jim Gallagher, Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium

4:30       Closing Remarks

4:30       Networking Reception, Presented by the Pew Charitable Trusts